2015 Leaders & Numbers

The Blue Jays got eventual AL MVP Josh Donaldson—with four years of team control remaining—from Oakland for several less notable players and a behemoth gift basket to be named later. Bryce Harper forever shed the stigma of being the game’s most overrated player (as opined by his peers) with a thunderous display at age 22. Chris Davis might have reached 50 home runs for the second time in three years, but four of his deep flies were stolen above the outfield wall. The Cubs controversially kept Kris Bryant in the minors for the season’s first two weeks to delay future free agency by a year—but once up, he set team rookie records for homers and RBIs. Miguel Cabrera reminded many of his complete hitting abilities by winning his fourth AL batting title in five years. Zack Greinke was the game’s most stifling pitcher from start to finish—producing the lowest ERA seen in 20 years while tossing 46 straight shutout innings at one stage—but voters gave the NL Cy Young Award to Jake Arrieta for a blazing (0.75 ERA) second-half performance. Dallas Keuchel found both a slider and success in Houston and mirrored the rags-to-riches upswing of the Astros. Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher in 13 years to strike out 300 batters; only Pedro Martinez reached the milestone in fewer innings. For the second straight year, David Price had his campaign split between two cities—but he remained dominant no matter the uniform he wore. In Pittsburgh, Gerrit Cole blossomed into a genuine ace, something Pirates fans had not witnessed in generations.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2015
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Bryce Harper Washington 153 .330 521 118 172 38 1 42 99 109 15 5 6 4 15
2. Paul Goldschmidt Arizona 159 .321 567 103 182 38 2 33 110 89 29 2 21 5 16
3. Joey Votto Cincinnati 158 .314 545 95 171 33 2 29 80 128 15 5 11 3 11
4. Nolan Arenado Colorado 157 .287 616 97 177 43 4 42 130 21 13 4 2 5 17
5. Anthony Rizzo Chicago 160 .278 586 94 163 38 3 31 101 69 9 30 17 6 9
6. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh 157 .292 566 91 165 36 3 23 96 86 12 12 11 5 9
7. A.J. Pollock Arizona 157 .315 609 111 192 39 6 20 76 53 0 2 36 7 19
8. Kris Bryant Chicago 151 .275 559 87 154 31 5 26 99 77 0 9 13 4 7
9. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 140 .285 506 87 144 27 3 25 84 50 4 4 24 4 20
10. Matt Carpenter St. Louis 154 .272 574 101 156 44 3 28 84 76 5 6 4 3 5
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2015
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Josh Donaldson Toronto 158 .297 620 122 184 41 2 41 123 73 0 6 6 0 16
2. Mike Trout L.A. of Anaheim 159 .299 575 104 172 32 6 41 90 78 14 10 11 7 11
3. Chris Davis Baltimore 160 .262 573 100 150 31 0 47 117 78 6 8 2 3 6
4. Jose Bautista Toronto 153 .250 543 108 136 29 3 40 114 108 2 5 8 2 19
5. Edwin Encarnacion Toronto 146 .277 528 94 146 31 0 39 111 72 5 9 3 2 14
6. Nelson Cruz Seattle 152 .302 590 90 178 22 1 44 93 50 9 5 3 2 6
7. Manny Machado Baltimore 162 .286 633 102 181 30 1 35 86 68 2 4 20 8 17
8. J.D. Martinez Detroit 158 .282 596 93 168 33 2 38 102 46 7 5 3 2 11
9. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 119 .338 429 64 145 28 1 18 76 62 15 3 1 1 3
10. David Ortiz Boston 146 .273 528 73 144 37 0 37 108 61 16 0 0 1 16
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2015
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Zack Greinke Los Angeles 1.66 19 3 .864 0 0 32 32 222.2 218 41 39 1 7 5 0 7 8 15
2. Jake Arrieta Chicago 1.77 22 6 .786 0 0 33 33 229 220 45 46 2 6 6 0 27 7 15
3. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 2.16 16 7 .696 0 0 33 33 232.2 236 55 41 1 9 5 3 7 18 8
4. Gerrit Cole Pittsburgh 2.60 19 8 .704 0 0 32 32 208 257 60 43 1 7 10 0 25 10 22
5. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 2.93 18 9 .667 0 0 32 32 218.1 284 71 37 2 1 7 0 5 5 11
6. Mark Melancon Pittsburgh 2.23 3 2 .600 51 2 78 0 76.2 80 19 12 2 3 2 0 0 2 10
7. Jacob deGrom New York 2.54 14 8 .636 0 0 30 30 191 221 54 36 2 6 2 0 4 6 8
8. Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis 2.10 2 4 .333 48 3 68 0 68.2 81 16 22 3 7 1 0 2 1 4
9. Matt Harvey New York 2.71 13 8 .619 0 0 29 29 189.1 242 57 35 2 4 5 0 11 3 13
10. Max Scherzer Washington 2.79 14 12 .539 0 0 33 33 228.2 303 71 32 2 10 5 1 6 2 5
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2015
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Dallas Keuchel Houston 2.48 20 8 .714 0 0 33 33 232 268 64 51 0 9 2 0 5 0 21
2. David Price Detroit-Toronto 2.45 18 5 .783 0 0 32 32 220.1 289 60 45 2 4 3 0 0 3 17
3. Sonny Gray Oakland 2.73 14 7 .667 0 0 31 31 208 242 63 59 0 13 2 0 7 2 19
4. Zach Britton Baltimore 1.92 4 1 .800 36 4 64 0 65.2 68 14 13 1 5 1 0 0 5 8
5. Chris Archer Tampa Bay 3.23 12 13 .480 0 0 34 34 212 263 76 66 0 13 3 0 7 8 10
6. Shawn Tolleson Texas 2.99 6 4 .600 35 2 73 0 72.1 107 24 12 5 0 2 0 1 0 6
7. Andrew Miller New York 2.04 3 2 .600 36 2 60 0 61.2 52 14 19 1 2 5 0 1 1 1
8. Erasmo Ramirez Tampa Bay 3.75 11 6 .647 0 0 34 27 163.1 223 68 40 0 3 9 0 3 4 13
9. Chris Sale Chicago 3.41 13 11 .542 0 0 31 31 208.2 292 79 42 0 7 13 0 5 7 13
10. Wade Davis Kansas City 0.94 8 1 .889 17 1 69 0 67.1 55 7 19 1 1 0 0 4 1 12

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2015 Awards


NL MVP
Bryce Harper, Washington

AL MVP
Josh Donaldson, Toronto


NL Cy Young Award
Jake Arrieta, Chicago

AL Cy Young Award
Dallas Keuchel, Houston


NL Rookie of the Year
Kris Bryant, Chicago

AL Rookie of the Year
Carlos Correa, Houston


NL Manager of the Year
Joe Maddon, Chicago

AL Manager of the Year
Jeff Banister, Texas


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Zack Greinke, Los Angeles
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
2B Dee Gordon, Miami
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado
SS Brandon Crawford, San Francisco
OF A.J. Pollock, Arizona
OF Starling Marte, Pittsburgh
OF Jason Heyward, St. Louis

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Dallas Keuchel, Houston
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City
1B Eric Hosmer, Kansas City
2B Jose Altuve, Houston
3B Manny Machado, Baltimore
SS Alcides Escobar, Kansas City
OF Rory Calhoun, Los Angeles of Anaheim
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Detroit
OF Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay